Today PQube announced that the adventure visual novel Punch Line by 5pb. is coming west.
The visual novel, coming from a popular anime series from 2015, will be released in North America and Europe this Summer for PS4, PS Vita, and PC via Steam, adding another entry to PQube’s adorably quirky Japanese-centric lineup.
If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s an official blurb directly from the publisher.
Yūta Iridatsu is a pretty normal high school kid, with one exception: he faints if he sees girls’ panties. You never quite notice how frequent panty flashes can be until they ruin your day – he has to not look, or it’s lights out!
When he one day finds himself in the midst of a bus hijacking incident, he meets the famed vigilante crime fighter Strange Juice, and something unexpected happens to Yūta – his soul separates from his body. Stuck in a ghostly incorporeal form, he finds that his penchant for panties has disastrous consequences.
While a ghost form lends itself to panty sightings galore, allowing Yūta to wander unseen, looking up skirts and causing shenanigans, there’s a terrible catch: if he sees too many panties, Yūta gets too excited, faints, and somehow causes an asteroid to hit the Earth and destroy all life on the planet.
Able to travel back in time to before the destruction of the Earth, Yūta’s task is clear – solve this mystery! What happened to turn Yūta into a ghost? How can he time travel? Why does fainting at the sight of panties cause destruction of the world!?
Answers must be found! …right after checking out the panties on that girl over there.
And here is a quick list of features.
- Be a friendly ghost – Haunt a house full of girls while you solve puzzles, play tricks and cause trouble.
- An immersive adventure – Visual Novel elements mixed with 3D environments.
- Beware your weakness – See too many panties and you will destroy humanity.
- From the creators of Zero Escape – Written by Kotaro Uchikoshi, of the Zero Escape Trilogy.
- Live the anime – Based on the critically acclaimed anime, now on Crunchyroll.
Yes, it pretty much matches the description of a game that would never make it west if it wasn’t for small but passionate publisher by PQube, so have a round of applause!
Below you can check out the announcement trailer, and a batch of screenshots. If you want to see more, you can also enjoy a trailer of the Japanese version from Tokyo Game Show 2015. Better late than never.